Statistics A Level

Course Description

Statistics is an application of mathematics and a field of study in its own right. Our lives are influenced increasingly by statistics and knowing just how statistics fits into other areas of life is a definite advantage. Statistics is used in many careers, for example deciding how much of a product a supermarket needs to buy, whether or not a new drug has a positive effect on a serious illness or understanding statements and figures quoted by politicians. Most careers now require some understanding of statistics.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 including Mathematics and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language.

Course Content

You will study topics such as Numerical Measures, Probability, Correlation, Regression, Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions, Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing. This course will provide you with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. These are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis of the qualification is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences.


The course is assessed by examination at the end of the 2nd year. You will sit three, 2 hour papers.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an opportunity to complete a one-week work placement in the summer term. Students of Mathematics subjects have enjoyed various enrichment activities, including a visiting speaker from the Mathematics department at the University of Manchester. Mathematics students have also taken part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge.

Additional Information

Links with other subjects:
Statistics complements many other subjects, including Biology, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Economics.

Future Career Opportunities

Statistics is useful in many careers including actuarial science, market research, education and many areas of science.

Why Study at BSFC?

The College is a modern, friendly environment. Your Mathematics teachers work hard to support you and every year a high proportion of our students progress to the top universities.